Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg in concert

The Compton MC got a 18,000 strong crowd to chant the late rapper's name

Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to Phife Dawg at a concert in Sydney last night (March 22).

During his show yesterday, Kendrick asked the crowd to honour the late musician by chanting his name.

King Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to the late Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest

Posted by Matt and Alex on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

“There’s 18,000 in this arena and I need one favor,” Lamar told the crowd. “We had a good time tonight, but I need a favor. Today we lost one of the pioneers in hip-hop by the name of Phife Dawg. We gonna give it up for him. He allowed me to do what I’m doing on this stage, right here, right now, today.”

After leading the chant, Kendrick told the audience: “forever, hip-hop, we gonna be alright.”

Phife Dawg – real name Malik Taylor – died on Tuesday (March 22) at the age of 45 from complications resulting from diabetes. Taylor was one of the group’s founding members and appeared on all five of their studio albums.

Phife Dawg pursued a short-lived solo career with his only album, ‘Ventilation: Da LP’, released in 2000.

The news of his death was also confirmed by Statik Selektah with many more figures from the hip-hop world, including Public Enemy’s Chuck D and El-P of Run The Jewels, taking to social media to express their condolences.